Gargantua and Pantagruel, by Francois Rabelais


Francois Rabelais to the Soul of the Deceased Queen of Navarre.

Abstracted soul, ravished with ecstasies,

Gone back, and now familiar in the skies,

Thy former host, thy body, leaving quite,

Which to obey thee always took delight —

Obsequious, ready — now from motion free,

Senseless, and as it were in apathy,

Wouldst thou not issue forth for a short space,

From that divine, eternal, heavenly place,

To see the third part, in this earthy cell,

Of the brave acts of good Pantagruel?

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